Every day the floor in your place of business has to deal with an immense amount of wear and tear. No matter what type of business you run or what sector you operate in, your flooring will easily be one of the most – if not the most – used and abused parts of your premises. Given its immense importance in the day-to-day operations of any business, it is not surprising that commercial and industrial flooring carries with it a range of health and safety requirements. These requirements are mandated by law and you could face significant financial penalties if you are found to be in breach of these laws.
In order for businesses to safeguard against breaches of the health and safety requirements and to help them maintain a safe and orderly workplace, we have compiled a few tips on what the best flooring options are. Making certain that your workspace meets all the relevant requirements will ensure that you have an efficient, hygienic and, above all, safe workplace for your customers and your employees.
We will be concentrating mainly on what type of flooring is best for a commercial kitchen as it is the hospitality industry that has the most stringent flooring regulations.
Here are some of the tips for those who are seeking guidance on commercial or industrial flooring
We advise that you always consult an expert to make sure that your workplace is meeting all the relevant health and safety requirements.
An anti-slip flooring surface is a must
In any busy commercial kitchen there will be a lot of hustle and bustle. People will be rushing to and fro with sharp objects, hot food and liquids. In this environment it is crucial that your floor have an anti-slip coating so as to avoid any accidents.
Adequate drainage is essential
All commercial-grade kitchens must have adequate drainage. The floors should be graded to prevent water pooling and have reliable drainage points installed. Generally, a drainage point is installed in the middle of the room and designed in a way so as to prevent it becoming a tripping hazard.
Install a highly resistant floor
According to Australian Standards, the floors in a commercial kitchen must be impervious to any wet substance. This means that your flooring material should not absorb any spills, leaks or liquids. A flooring surface that is anti-bacterial is also highly recommended. Any joins or intersections should be coved to prevent leakage.
Protect your kitchen with Polyurethane Flooring
Polyurethane flooring is an ideal choice for commercial kitchens. With proven antibacterial resistance and a range of anti-slip surface options, polyurethane is the perfect material for any working kitchen. Polyurethane floors can be easily cleaned and sterilised and are non-tainting.
Still not sure which flooring is best for our busy cafe’s, hotels or other commercial kitchens?
Clifford Flooring offers the below information as a starting point for those seeking guidance on commercial or industrial flooring. We advise that you always consult an expert to make sure that your workplace is meeting all the relevant health and safety requirements.
For more information on the best flooring for busy commercial kitchens, please contact the team at Clifford Flooring today. Our flooring experts can help you make the best choice to keep your workplace safe.